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Lamar men receive bid to CIT, will play Texas State on Thursday

CollegeInsider.com Tournament Schedule

NOTE: The CIT uses the old NIT model in which there is no set bracket. Future round opponents are determined by the results of the previous round.

All times Central

Monday

Norfolk State (17-16) at Liberty (19-13), 6:05 p.m.

Tuesday

Saint Francis Univ., Pa. (16-16) at Jacksonville (17-15), 6 p.m.

Houston Baptist (17-13) at Campbell (17-17), 6 p.m.

Canisius (18-15) at Samford (19-15), 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday

Ball State (21-12) at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (19-12), 6 p.m.

Fairfield (16-14) at Maryland-Baltimore County (18-12), 6 p.m.

Georgia State (20-12) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (20-11), 7 p.m.

Stephen F. Austin (18-14) at Idaho (18-13), 10 p.m.

Thursday

Saint Peter’s (19-13) at Albany (21-13), 6 p.m.

Furman (21-11) at South Carolina Upstate (17-15), 6 p.m.

UNC Asheville (23-9) at Tennessee-Martin (21-12), 7 p.m.

Lamar (19-14) at Texas State (20-13), 7:30 p.m.

Weber State (19-13) at Cal State Fullerton (17-14), 9 p.m.

 

 

**UPDATED with time of game**

BEAUMONT – For the first time since the 2011-12 season, the Lamar Cardinals will play in the postseason. The Cardinals (19-13) have received a bid to play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT), tournament officials announced Sunday evening.

The Cardinals finished the regular season tied for fifth in Southland Conference play with league preseason favorite Sam Houston State, and advanced to the second round of the SLC tournament before falling to No. 3-seed Stephen F. Austin.

“The NCAA tournament will always be the primary goal for Lamar University, but we are excited to receive an invite into the CIT.” said LU head coach Tic Price. “At the beginning of the year, I don’t think anyone gave us a chance at the postseason, being picked 12th in the conference preseason polls. The Southland tournament didn’t end the way we had hoped but I’m happy our guys get another chance to play basketball. I’m especially happy for our seniors.”

The Cardinals will meet a familiar foe in the opening round of the tournament as they will square off against instate rival, and former Southland foe, Texas State. The Bobcats were the No. 4 seed in the Sun Belt Conference tournament after posting a 20-13 (.606) overall record, and an 11-7 (.611) mark in league play.

The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Texas State’s Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos.

The Bobcats played a huge part in an SBC tournament that got flipped upside down. Texas State advanced to the final game against the sixth-seeded Troy Trojans before dropping a six-point decision.

LU will be one of four Southland schools represented in the tournament. Houston Baptist, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Stephen F. Austin also received bids to the play in the CIT.

Fans can follow the CIT by logging onto CollegeInsider.com.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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